Samuel Kettell, ed. Specimens of American Poetry. 1829.
Critical and Biographical Notice
George Washington Doane (17901859)
GEORGE WASHINGTON DOANE was born in 1799. In 1818, he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Union College, Schenectady; and in 1821 was admitted Master of Arts at the same college. On the 19th of April, 1821, he received deacons orders, from the Rt. Rev. John Henry Hobart, Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of New York; and was ordained Priest in 1823, by the same Prelate. For three years and a half, he officiated as a temporary assistant minister, in Trinity Church, New York. In 1824 he was elected to the Professorship of Belles Lettres and Oratory, in Washington College, Hartford, Connecticut, which place he filled, in conjunction with the rectorship of a neighboring parish, till the last year (1828,) when he was settled as collegiate minister in Trinity Church, Boston, in which situation he now remains. As an author, Professor Doane has but once appeared, in his own name, before the public. In 1824, he published, principally for circulation among his friends, SONGS BY THE WAY, chiefly devotional, with translations and imitations. He has also occasionally contributed to the Atlantic Magazine, the New York Review, and other literary journals. His poetry is spirited and finished, and is evidently the offspring of a vigorous mind, enriched by study, and elevated by religious sentiments.